Menaye Donkor is the better half of football professional and once Blackstars’ celebrated midfielder Sulley Muntari.
She is a Ghanaian who was born in Canada and is the winner of the Miss Universe 2004.
In the same year, she contested the Miss in Miss Universe 2004 on the ticket of Ghana.
After making her mark at the Miss Universe contest in 2004, she was replete on several magazine covers in Italy, her native Ghana, and South Africa. Some of the magazines that featured her are Maxim Italy, Canoe Magazine, and SportsWeek (La Gazetta dello sport)
In the field of fashion, Menaye has made her mark. The years 2012 and 2013 became her most active years as she took up several engagements, some of these were: ambassador for the Africa Fashion Week London – 2012/13, the face of Ghanaian print Printex – 2012.
She was also at The Cannes Films Festival in 2012 and 2013 on the ticket of the Chopard.
Manaye Donkor was born on the 20th of March 1981.
Raised in Accra, she is the last of 7 children. She has 4 brothers and 2 other sisters. Menaye became the carrier of a royal stool for her father’s mother who was a Queen of Agona Asafo. This role required that whenever the Queen was going out for royal duties, she would carry the stool to the destination. It is a pride for children in Ghana to inherit the “Royal Stool Bearer” role.
Even though her early childhood education began in Ghana, she had her high school in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and then returned to the place of her birth, Canada for Tertiary education studying Business Marketing at the York University and graduating successfully.
With her passion for the film industry, she enrolled at the Sally Johnson Studio, now “The Studio” in the New York City but finished the course at the London Academy of Film, Media and Television.
Standing at 180cm tall, the model got married to the “Midfield General” in 2010, they have two children namely Jamal Krasie Muntari and Jamila Bema Muntari.
As a Philanthropist, Menaye has donated to several organizations and less unfortunate ones to help them in their formal education. She does this with monies from her SHE-Y brand of products which she markets across the globe and then uses a percentage to fund her foundation. The SHE-Y is an all-organic cosmetic product made from raw shea butter from Ghana.
Menaye has many awards to her credit. In the year 2013 for example, she found herself in the list of the fifteen most influential Africans in the country of Canada. Two years later, the Infant Charity Award honoured her with the “Woman of the Year” award for her selfless efforts at bettering the lives of vulnerable children in Ghana.
Menaye in 2012 became the ‘Nkosuohemaa’ or ‘Development Queen’ of Agona Asafo, her native land with the title Nanahemaa Menaye Afumade.
Menaye is not done with her developmental engagements as she adopted a school in Agona Asafo, a school she supports in every way from infrastructure to salaries. This led to excellent results at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). Something she still does.
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